Good news for the U.S., as Esche had the strongest season overall for American goaltenders this year. That being said, I don't think it's set in stone he'll be the number one guy off the bat. There will no doubt be some healthy competition, and that's good.
He outplayed two of Team Canada's goalies in the playoffs this past season, Brodeur and Belfour.
oh man, for the last time HIS TEAM beat two of team Canada's goalie's TEAMS. i think esche is very good, but not great. I don't see him as the kind of guy that can absolutely dominate a tournament. he's no mike richter
oh man, for the last time HIS TEAM beat two of team Canada's goalie's TEAMS.
Yes, and while doing that he was also clearly the better goalie in both series for the duration of each series. In fact, NJ carried the majority of the play against the Flyers, and the better chances and the most shots on goal. It was only Esche outplaying Brodeur that had Philly moving on. Against Toronto, Esche looked better then Belfour and the rest of the Flyers looked better then the Leafs. And against the Lightning, the goalies were basically a wash and the Lightning skaters were a hairline better then the Flyers skaters.
He did outplay both Brodeur and Belfour in these playoffs. What is your freaking boggle here? You don't need to act like people are putting Esche in the HoF. They are stating what happened as if it gives them some hope for his success in the World Cup. And I'm sure it does.